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There are no new listings of farms for section 5, 8, or 7 notices in
today's (Friday 14.1.2005) Herald newspaper.


Just to confirm that today Bon Espoir have won the Interplead Action in the
court. We have not seen the written judgement (due out in a fortnight), but
Kevin Arnott attending the case confirms that the Judge has ruled that
since the commercial farmer was the landowner in 2003 (due to the currency
of the HV Act), he was entitled to all revenue from the sugar crops on that
land. The court further instructed that the farmer invoice HVE for all
monies due, including those due from by-products like molasses. This will
now set a precedent for all 18 farms involved in the Interplead. There is,
theoretically, no room for HVE to appeal as in their Interplead document
they state in their own words that they are a neutral third party and agree
to 'abide by the ruling of this honourable court'.

Assuming that Hippo has already paid a sum to the A2's harvesting our cane,
it is likely that HVE will have to pay twice (ie us and the settlers). To
the approximately 12 farms further protected by an Interim Relief Order,
this ruling will also apply to the 2004 and even 2005 cane crops.This will
have a serious impact on the company's financial results and contingent
liabilities are estimated to be around Z$6billion and are therefore
material to shareholders.



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 Correction to JAG PR Communiqué 13th January 2005

 FROM: The Bennett family, received 14 January 2005

CORRECTION OF: JAG PR Communiqué 13th January 2005

Bennett Yet To Decide on 2005 Elections

Contrary to recent media reports (Daily News Online), Roy Bennett has not
yet committed himself to standing in the 2005 parliamentary elections.

Roy's wife Heather said that he was waiting for the MDC to announce whether
or not they were participating in the elections before he would evaluate
his position and decide whether or not to stand.

"I saw Roy on Saturday, no-one else has seem him since so the reports in
the media that he is definitely standing are false". said Heather.

Heather added that Roy will not make a final decision until he has had
feedback from the people of Chimanimani and consulted his family.

"The people in his constituency and his family have already suffered so
much because of the government's intolerance of any opposition that it is
not a decision that Roy will take lightly".

"At the same time, he will not abandon the people if they call for him, but
that decision will not be taken for a few weeks", Heather added.

The Bennett family.

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Please send any material for publication in the Open Letter Forum to: with subject line "For: Open Letter Forum".

Thought of the Day:

"Politicians and political parties come and go, but the law remains the



- Re: Trevor Shaw's Letter - Charles Fitzell
- History's And Cfu Leadership - Displaced Farmer
- In Defense Of Trevor Midlane - Julia Burdett
- Permanent Residents' Vote - Trudy Stevenson
- Dogs And Fences - Eddie Cross
- Burials - Muremwaremwa

Letter 1: RE: TREVOR SHAW'S LETTER, received 13 January 2005

by Charles Frizell

Dear JAG,

I was cynically amused to note the furore stirred up by Trevor Shaw's
letter requesting donations for Mujuru. What was surprising was that it
seemed to cause surprise!

When the invasions first started way back in 2000 it soon became apparent
that they were orchestrated by the CIO. I advocated an immediate halt in
production by all farmers in protest, not only those who had been invaded.
This provoked an attack on me by the CFU leadership for being
"confrontational". My comment that having one's property invaded was
somewhat confrontational in itself fell on deaf ears, and the policy of
appeasement began in earnest. Even then it was obvious where it would lead,
but no protests were made. The CFU did not comment on the blatantly racist
and unconstitutional targeting of "white" farmers, and did not fight back
in any meaningful way.

What was amazing to me was that you elected and then re-elected the
executive of the CFU, they were your chosen representatives. I was also
told that "farmers are individuals and cannot work in unison" as well as
"we are farmers, not politicians." That last must be one of the most
puerile arguments I have ever heard. Also, I cannot understand why you as a
group seem so unwilling to help and defend yourselves. Some may recall that
I tried to get a letter-writing campaign going last year - defeated by
total apathy. At the end of last year I attempted to get some action on the
selling of produce from stolen farms. I had many responses from people here
in the UK, but could not follow up adequately because I was unexpectedly
extremely busy, some weeks only spending 16 hours at home. Yet there are
thousands of ex-farmers who could do the job far better than me.

I am not and have never been a farmer, but hopefully have a sense of what
is just and what is unjust. I was however a rural district councillor and
enjoyed my duties. I was heartened that in my area commercial farmers,
ex-combatants, chiefs and people from the communal areas all worked
together for the benefit of the wider community. We may have been unique in
that we were an "independent" council, and indeed we were later disbanded
by the Minister probably for that reason.

I regret to say that probably the majority of farmers made little or no
attempt to integrate with the local people. At many of the farmers meetings
I attended the only black faces were the waiters. Drinking tea with the D.A
does not count as working with the people!

This latest round of appeasement by the few remaining active farmers will
achieve nothing. Mugabe has said that he intends to seize all white owned
farms. And he does mean all. Yes, it is illogical, but the whole exercise
was illogical except in the political context and in the context of buying
loyalty. But that is, was and always will be the sole aim. One cannot do a
lasting deal with untrustworthy people, as many have already found to their

The saddest comment one can make is that commercial agriculture in Zimbabwe
did not lose the battle against injustice and mayhem; they just ran from
the arena or rolled over in submission with their legs in the air. There
was no fight, and there is now not even any rearguard action. Why was there
no loud protest from affected people in the world media? Why do extremely
few know of the "law" where not only your fixed property but your
implements as well can be "legally" stolen?

Charles Frizell


Letter 2: HISTORY'S AND CFU LEADERSHIP, received 13 January 2005

by Displaced Farmer

Dear Editor,

Historical records tell us that about two thousand years ago there lived a
man called Pilate. J.L. Dow (MA) describes the fellow: "The character of
the man comes out clearly in his treatment of Jesus. He allowed expediency
and self interest to take the place of courage and justice."

Then, just over sixty years ago there lived a man called General Henri
Philippe Petain. (1856 - 1951) He is described in this manner: "French
general and later collaborator. Headed the pro Nazi Vichy Regime in France
in World War ll."

What are historians going to write about the leadership of the CFU over the
last five years?

It seems that the manuscript of this period of Zimbabwe's history is being
proof read on the Jag Open Letter Forum at the moment. In this instance it
is a bit like "history live" - the captains and coaches at the CFU - past
and present - have the unprecedented opportunity to give their side of the

- The inside story of Benjamin Freeth's suspension - possibly still in
place? - would be a great start. - The closure of The Farmer magazine
another interesting topic for debate. - The reclamation by Matabeleland
Farmers' of their sovereignty, another. - And finally, a tally on the
successes of the Dialogue Policy as faithfully enunciated by CFU's previous
Legal Consultants.

Displaced Farmer.

Letter 3: IN DEFENCE OF TREVOR MIDLANE, received 14 January 2005

by Julia Burdett

Dear JAG

I am quite sure that Trevor Midlane can and will defend himself against the
objection that Joyce Banes lodged but feel that I would like to speak in
his defence, from Zimbabwe.

Trevor was not a farmer in Zimbabwe but had and still has "very dear farmer
friends" living and working in Zimbabwe under great stress, not necessarily
farming! Trevor's "suspicions" that most remaining farmers, still on their
farms, in Zimbabwe are still operating because they have "sympathetic
leanings" cannot be construed as an angry, bitter attack/insult on her
devout Christian friends or indeed the remaining farmers.

Trevor has no reason to be angry, bitter or insulting towards those still
on their farms, he merely made an observation after reading a letter that
clearly indicates what is "actually" going on. There are thousands of
devout Christians and ordinary farmers who had no choice in the matter of
being on their farms to look after their workers or not. Thousands of men,
women & children, white and black , were violently & illegally evicted from
their homes, and businesses, often with nothing more than a suitcase, if
they were lucky, who have received no compensation or help from anybody.
Joyce's friends are very fortunate to have a "choice" in remaining on their
farm and helping their workers. I say again, thousands had no choice!

There was no angry attack on any farmers and Trevor very rightly drew
comparisons with France in the 2nd W W. There is a very similar situation
in Zimbabwe today and people would be wise to think about what they are
doing and what the long term effects will be. We must learn from history,
not make the same mistakes over and over again.

Yours sincerely

Julia Burdett.


Letter 4: PERMANENT RESIDENTS' VOTE, received 13 January 2005

by Trudy Stevenson

It is the constitutional right of every Permanent Resident of Zimbabwe to

The Constitution of Zimbabwe states that:

"Schedule 3.3 Qualifications and disqualifications for voters 1) Subject to
the provisions of this paragraph and to such residence qualifications as
may be prescribed in the Electoral Law for inclusion on the electoral roll
of a particular constituency, any person who has attained the age of
eighteen years and who:

A) is a citizen of Zimbabwe; or

B) since the 31st December 1985 has been regarded by virtue of a written
law as permanently resident in Zimbabwe;

Shall be qualified for registration as a voter on the common roll."

During the 2005 Presidential election, many permanent residents were
removed from the voters roll on the infamous "Hit List" and not allowed to
vote. This was completely unconstitutional, and it appears that the
Registrar General's Office now recognises this fact, because now Permanent
Residents of Zimbabwe are allowed to register again.

You can register at any Registration Centre (Makombe Building, Provincial
Offices and in Harare at Market Square, Mt Pleasant, Machipisa, Mabvuku and
Hatfield District Offices) NOW, or at the many Voters Roll Inspection
Centres which will open on Monday 17 January until 30 January ONLY.

Permanent Residents currently outside the country should contact their
nearest Embassy or Consulate.  You need to take your passport with
"Permanent Resident" stamped in it, plus a letter from Immigration
confirming your status.  The letter should not be strictly necessary, but
officers are insisting on this.

Please reclaim your vote NOW, to be ready to VOTE FOR A NEW BEGINNING FOR

Trudy Stevenson
MP & Candidate, Harare North Constituency


Letter 5: DOGS AND FENCES, received 20 December 2005

by Eddie Cross

Dogs and Fences.

When I attended Gwebi Agricultural College in the early 60's the faculty
told the students that we should watch out for two features when on a farm
visit - the state of the fences and the nature of the dogs. The first would
suggest what sort of farmer we were about to visit and the second would
indicate what sort of an employer he or she was. It was amazing how often
these two simple features of ordinary farm life projected accurately the
type of farmer we would encounter.

Today we can apply the same criteria to the whole country. The state of our
farm fences is such that they no longer contribute in any serious way to
the management and control of our livestock. They are either falling down
or non-existent. As for the dogs - well the only kind of dog seen on most
properties today are thin emaciated animals of dubious pedigree! They
survive by scavenging - like many of the rest of us.

We have now reached the stage where squatters of various descriptions
occupy 90 per cent of our large-scale commercial farms illegally. There
are, we are told, 129 000 small scale squatters - about 500 000 people in
all and some 12 000 larger scale squatters. Most of the latter are not
resident; they are bank managers, doctors, and business persons with
interests in towns and civil servants. Many are army officers and members
of the Police. After 4 years of chaos, we have about 600 000 people
partially settled on 12 million hectares of land that once supported 2
million people. The same land now employs about 60 000 people in paid jobs
- where once we employed 350 000 and incomes have plummeted from about
three times the national average to well below the national average income
per capita.

Before the chaos called "land reform" we were the third largest exporter of
tobacco in the world, we were the largest beef exporter in Africa and were
major producers of cotton, milk, sugar, fruit and horticultural products.
The industry generated a third of Zimbabwe's national employment, half its
exports and fed a population of 11 million.

Today we have 75 per cent of our population dependent on food handouts or
imports; we are unable to supply our needs for vegetable oils, milk, meat
and fruit. Our food prices have risen to the highest in the region from
being the lowest in Africa in 1997.

And the madness goes on - just this past week at least two farmers per day
were being systematically evicted from their land - by force and without
any legal basis. People need to understand what happens as it still seems
to me to be totally bizarre and how anyone, anywhere, can call this "land
reform" or defend the practice, is beyond me.

Let me give you one example from the past week. A tobacco farmer - one of
200 who were still on their land and were encouraged to grow a crop this
year by the authorities, living in a homestead he built in the bush after
many years of living in ramshackle conditions while he became established.
Having given away three quarters of his farmland and trying to make a
living for himself and his 100 farm workers on the remainder, is giving a
birthday party for his 89 year old father who has been on the farm for 50
years. A convoy of luxury vehicles arrives and men and women in dark
glasses and imported shoes arrive at the gates and inform the farmer that
he has 24 hours to leave. The convoy departs leaving a Police detail to
ensure that no assets are removed when the family departs.

In the ground are 35 hectares of tobacco, weeks away from reaping and other
crops that are grown in rotation or as supplements - a bit of irrigation.
The inputs for the crop - fertilizer and chemicals are in the sheds as are
4 tractors and several trailers and all the other equipment you need to
farm. By Monday morning the farmer and his family are with friends in
Harare and the farmer is desperately trying to get the people he is
contracted with for the tobacco to persuade someone to get him permission
to go back and finish his crop - to no avail. The ZTA hold an emergency
meeting with the Governor of the Reserve Bank and he calls in the army and
the Police and demands action to protect the crop - to no avail.

The farmer and his family have been "allowed" to take three quarters of
their furniture and their personal effects. There was even a squabble about
the farm pick up - the 7 tonne truck was a no go.

This farmer was - with several others in the District, helping hundreds of
small growers who were trying to grow tobacco on the farms they occupied.
He had grown seedlings, helped with advice and even held a field day on his
property when the crop was in and growing. Now they sit shattered by the
loss of a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice. Their children bereft and
the old man confused. When they had bought the land in the early 50's it
had been 1200 hectares of wild bush. They had cut the road for 15
kilometres from the nearest Council road. Built a pole and dagger hut to
live in and grown a tobacco crop to get started. Everything they earned
they put back into the farm. They survived the liberation war and helped
build up the industry again after 15 years of mandatory UN sanctions.

All they have to show for this now is some money in a bank, some shares in
agro industry and their clothes and some worn furniture that has raised
three children. They have their memories and are now deciding what to do
with the rest of their life. They get phone calls from friends in Zambia
and Botswana - come and join us here. But do they trust Africa again? How
about a fresh start in Australia - they find they are too old. The UK? No
real links in that direction. South Africa? From the frying pan into the

And the tragedy of it all is that these guys were the best farmers in
Africa. They took marginal land and a variable climate and no help from
anyone except a hard-nosed bank and built up an African empire with real
African expertise. Now it's all gone and all that remains are a few mangy
dogs and broken down fences. It will take a long time to put it all back
together again.

And for those people who try to justify this racist, illegal, unbelievably
short sighted action, I say what about the consequences for the millions
who now suffer and who have no external options or havens of safety? If we
are going to allow such actions simply because a few of the victims are
white - then we have really lost the plot altogether.

Eddie Cross


Letter 6: BURIALS, received 14 January 2005

by Muremwaremwa

from I went to a funeral the other day at a Harare cemetery. It was the
engaging colourful, cheerful event that has become a hallmark of the Shona
fashion today.

What did come as a surprise to me was the covering of the coffin with a
sheet of corrugated iron over which was poured a slab of reinforced
concrete. I was told that this had become necessary because of grave
robbers who would, within days, dig up the dear departed and steal anything
that could be sold or recycled. Far out!

It is fascinating to see how our culture so dynamically incorporates such
necessities so seamlessly. So let's be thankful that the unemployment rate
is only 9% or think how much more creative our citizens would have to be.


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SA not involved in spying on Zimbabwe: Intelligence

January 15, 2005, 07:45

The Ministry of Intelligence Services has denied that South Africa may be
involved in spying on Zimbabwe. Sandy Africa, the ministry spokesperson said
in a statement: "Various media reports suggested that South Africa has been
implicated in developments which have seen several top Zimbabwean government
officials facing charges of spying for foreign governments.

"To the best of our knowledge, the information reflected in the earlier
media reports has not provided any basis for concluding that South Africa
was involved in illegally soliciting information about Zimbabwe."

Africa added: "In any event, as a matter of course, the intelligence
services do not comment on operational matters." For these reasons the
ministry "declines to comment on the matter".

The department was reacting to reports that an MP of Zimbabwe's ruling
Zanu-PF party may have spied for a South African agent and was paid R60. 000
a month to provide information.

Phillip Chiyangwa appeared in the High Court in Harare yesterday. He was
arrested on December 15 with four others on allegations of spying.

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Sent: Saturday, January 15, 2005 5:30 PM
Subject: I hang my head in disgust and shame

Dear Family and Friends,
When I wrote the first of these letters to family and friends back in
February 2000, I was a farmer. I have told the story of what happened on
our farm before, and of some of the horrors on 3000 other farms that were
seized across Zimbabwe. In 2000, The Commercial Farmers Union, to whom I
paid membership fees and crop and livestock levies, were supposed to
represent my interests as a farmer. As the weeks went past and I wrote
about the abuses being inflicted on my family, our employees and their
families and our property and livestock, the CFU told me to stop making
waves. The CFU said that I should not be confrontational with the rabble
who were pulling down fences, chopping trees and erecting shacks on our
farm. The CFU said that I should engage in "dialogue" with drunk and
drugged men who came to the gate and demanded my car, ordered me to leave
my home or pointed a gun at me and threatened to shoot me. When I wrote
newspaper articles about what was happening to other farmers, the CFU
would have nothing to do with me. In confidence I was told that it had
been stipulated that my name was forbidden from being mentioned in any CFU

The CFU have continued to attempt to appease the Zimbabwe government for
the last 59 months.  When court orders were ignored, laws were changed and
the constitution was amended in relation to farms, still the CFU called
for dialogue with the government. Farmers were murdered, tortured,
abducted and arrested and the CFU said its dwindling membership should
downsize, share their land and talk to government officials.  Hundreds,
thousands and then hundreds of thousands of farm workers became homeless,
destitute beggars living in the bush and the CFU still called for dialogue
with the government.  A law was passed protecting squatters from eviction
and another allowing government to compulsorily acquire farm materials and
equipment but still the CFU said dialogue was the only way forward.

Below are extracts from a letter written by the Midlands branch of the
CFU. I would like to suggest that if the CFU have any money left over they
will donate it either to the team campaigning to free farmer and MP Roy
Bennett from prison or to some of the three hundred thousand farmers and
farm workers who have been made destitute by the Zimbabwean land reform
programme. As a former farmer and onetime member of the CFU, I hang my
head in disgust and shame.

"We have received a request to donate cattle, chickens and mealie meal to
a welcoming reception next week for the new Vice President, Joyce Mujuru.
This request has come to us through the Midlands Leadership ... I suggest
that each member pay in 1 million in cash to Bob at the CFU office by the
end of business hours on Monday the 10th January 2005, as we need to
secure these donations from our sector by Wednesday the 12th. Each
individuals name will be on the list of donors when we present the
donations so think hard before you do nothing.  It is a strategy that I
believe will ultimately lead to benefits of sorts in the future.  But it
is like gambling. ... For those non-members I say to you all that unity is
our best defense.  This we are not, we all are to blame as we now find
ourselves divided and ruled.  To change this we must change - unite and
stick together and speak with one voice.  When the time comes for
significant changes to the current situation we have been pushed into
kicking and screaming foul play, then more than ever the voices of the
divided will not be heard clearly and negotiations will be held from a
point of weakness. Is this what we want, choose for yourselves.
........To end all I can safely say is that there is some activity
currently in progress and I'm sure you will understand that this is at
present too sensitive to disclose ........Your Chairman, TREVOR SHAW AND
OFFICE STAFF. P.S. Cash or Kind 1 ton Mealie Meal or Potatoes etc, 5
Steers for slaughter, 100 Chickens.  We need about 30 million for

Until next week, with love, cathy Copyright cathy buckle  15th January 2005.
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Business Day

Zimbabwean MP was spying for SA, court hears


A member of parliament of the ruling Zimbabwean Zanu-PF party spied for a
"South African agent" and was paid $10,000 a month to provide political and
economic information, media reported.
This emerged when a court case against Phillip Chiyangwa MP was moved from
the Harare's Magistrate's Court to the High Court on Thursday and was
briefly opened to the public.

Chiyangwa, a provincial chairman of ZANU-PF, was arrested on December 15
with four others on allegations of spying.

The news reports could sour relations between Zimbabwe and South Africa less
than three months before Zimbabweans go to the polls in a general election.

The South African Ministry for Intelligence Services responded to the media
reports yesterday.

Ministry spokeswoman Sandy Africa said in a statement: "Various media
reports suggested that South Africa has been implicated in developments
which have seen several top Zimbabwean government officials facing charges
of spying for foreign governments.

"To the best of our knowledge, the information reflected in the earlier
media reports has not provided any basis for concluding that South Africa
was involved in illegally soliciting information about Zimbabwe."

Africa added: "In any event, as a matter of course, the intelligence
services do not comment on operational matters."

For these reasons the ministry "declines to comment on the matter".

"We can state, however, that we have very positive relations with the
intelligence services of Zimbabwe, and that we are in touch with them at all
times," Africa said.

Meanwhile Zimbabwe's courts have refused to allow three of Chiyangwa's
co-accused to change their pleas from guilty to not guilty.

AFP reported yesterday that another diplomat accused of involvement in the
alleged spy ring, Erasmus Moyo, disappeared from his post at Zimbabwe's
embassy in Switzerland after Chiyangwa's arrest.

It said the five detained had been charged under the Official Secrets Act
and face up to 20 years in jail if convicted.

Earlier this month, state media reported that top politicians and government
officials, including two Cabinet ministers, were suspected of having
divulged the contents of confidential government and party files to "hostile
intelligence agencies," including the CIA and Britain's MI5.

Zimbabwe has repeatedly accused Britain and the United States of supporting
Mugabe's opponents in a bid to replace the increasingly autocratic leader -- 
allegations both countries deny.

South Africa has adopted a policy of "quiet diplomacy" toward its neighbour
despite international calls to take a tougher stand against political and
human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.

The two countries share strategic information, but it has been suggested in
local media that some South African officials may have been dissatisfied
with the intelligence they received from Harare, AFP said.


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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

'Moyo stupid, confused'

Takunda Maodza
issue date :2005-Jan-15

. . .has lost his balance: Nkomo

THE Zanu PF boat kept on rocking on stormy waters yesterday, with the party's
national chairman, John Nkomo, describing information minister Jonathan Moyo
as "a confused and stupid professor" who had joined the "wrong church".
Nkomo, who was responding to an article in yesterday's Herald, in which the
junior minister lampooned him and fellow politburo member Dumiso Dabengwa
over the Tsholotsho saga, had no kind words for the associate professor.
Moyo has been barred from contesting in his home constituency, Tsholotsho,
and his rabid attack of Nkomo and Dabengwa insinuated that there were many
other ways of getting to Parliament.
Said the professor: "In any event, Comrades Nkomo and Dabengwa should know
that there is no one ticket to heaven; there are many churches and many
religions and all with tickets to heaven."
Nkomo said the Herald story attributed to Moyo made sad and disturbing
reading. The article clearly showed the professor had forgotten that
grievances within the party fell under his (Nkomo's) office.
He denied having convened a meeting in Tsholotsho, that Moyo referred to, in
a bid to bar anyone from contesting.
The meeting, he said, was a follow-up to the Dinyane caucus now deemed as
the infamous Tsholotsho Declaration, which has seen six provincial
chairpersons banished from Zanu PF for five years.
Nkomo, who maintained that Moyo's Tsholotsho meeting had a hidden agenda,
said it was sad this had affected many people in other parts of the country
and he had evidence to buttress the Tsholotsho debacle.
He said it was not his duty to consider which candidates should stand for
Zanu PF in the March elections, but that of the national elections
directorate. He reiterated that he could not have gone to Tsholotsho to
impose candidates.
Nkomo said: "But one understands that the good professor is confused,
totally confused, and what further compounds the situation is that he is a
wounded person and does not feel bound by procedures that have to be
followed. One would advise the professor that he is in a wrong church. In
this church we insist on discipline. The general understanding is that he
has lost balance."
Nkomo said because of Moyo's alleged waywardness, the people of Tsholotsho
were now suffering.
On allegations by Moyo that he wanted to weaken Zanu PF in Tsholotsho to
pave way for his young brother, Samuel Sipepa Nkomo of the opposition MDC,
Nkomo said: "He is not just silly, but stupid."
He would not say what action the party would take against Moyo.
"You shall know very soon of what action we are going to take."
Dabengwa said Moyo's statement was not meant to seek redress but for other
"We are a disciplined party and if anyone has grievances as a member of the
party, whatever their status, he should seek redress through proper
When you go out to the press and start addressing your grievances, I don't
think you expect any response from whoever you are accusing and the party.
"Imagine if all members of the party were to go to the press to address
their grievances. If the professor is such an old member of the party, he
should have known the proper channels," he said.
 Dabengwa added: "These are some of the things that happen in a big
organisation like ours, and we are learning it the hard way."
 He said it was up to the party to take disciplinary action against Moyo.
"If anyone has done things contrary to party procedures, it's up to the
party's disciplinary committee to take action," Dabengwa said.
Zanu PF chief whip, Jorum Gumbo, said Moyo's utterances might be a signal he
would stand as an independent.
"He might be saying there are many ways of going to Parliament, such as
standing as an independent candidate," Gumbo said.
Zanu PF political commissar Elliot Manyika also indicated that the party
would look into the issue, basing it on the merits of the concerns.
"I cannot say what blanket action would be taken, we just have to deal with
the matter basing it on its own merits.
"We will look at how he has attacked senior party members and the motivation
behind the attacks," Manyika said.
He also said anyone standing as an independent in the forthcoming polls
automatically expelled themselves from the party.

"If you campaign against a candidate chosen by the party or stand as an
independent, you would have automatically expelled yourself from the party.
You cannot be Zanu PF and independent at once. It is either you are with us
or against us," he added.
Another top Zanu PF official said Moyo's case was just the tip of the
iceberg. The bigwig claimed things were not well within the ruling party.
"Zvinhu hazvina kunyatsokumira zvakanaka muparty. Vanhu varikungotukana
pamusoro penyaya yeTsholotsho (Things are not well in that party, people are
insulting each other over the Tsholotsho saga)," he said.
A former Zanu PF legislator, war veteran and leader of the now defunct
Zimbabwe Union of Democrats (ZUD), Margaret Dongo, quickly advised Moyo not
to join any already established political party but to either form his own
or stand elections as an independent candidate.
"I advise him not to join any church but to play solo. Every organisation or
institution has its own politics and you cannot just jump into things,
unopinda mudisaster (You will get into problems). The best thing is to play
solo, to be an independent candidate," Dongo, who left Zanu PF to stand as
an independent said.
She said the squabbles currently rocking the ruling party were not new in
the history of Zanu PF and people should not view them as good news for the
"The Tsholotsho disaster is not a new thing as far as Zanu PF is concerned.
During the struggle, there was a serious rebellion that threatened to tear
the party apart but they were able to contain it.
"It was the worst disaster during the final stages of the liberation
struggle in Mozambique," Dongo explained, without elaborating.
Moyo, who was spewing vitriol in his statement to The Herald, also said he
had instructed his lawyers to take action against Nkomo and Dabengwa for
their alleged defamatory utterances against him. This will probably be the
first time members of Zanu PF have taken each other to court for political
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Daily Mirror, Zimbabwe

Two MPs left in the cold

The Daily Mirror Reporter
issue date :2005-Jan-15

ZANU PF legislators Kindness Paradza (Makonde) and Lazarus Dokora (Rushinga)
were yesterday left out of the race to represent their constituencies on a
party ticket during the forthcoming parliamentary elections slated for
Primary elections will be held in 61 constituencies today and next week, as
the party prepares to battle it out with the MDC and other opposition
parties in the general elections.
Paradza is facing disciplinary action for allegedly undermining his party
and President Robert Mugabe.
Dokora's seat was reserved for women under the quota system adopted by the
ruling party last year. The party has reserved a third of the seats in each
province for women.
Primary elections in Tsholotsho (Matabeleland North), the whole of Bulawayo
province, and Insiza and Gwanda in Matabeleland South were also postponed to
next week after the party failed to come up with suitable candidates before
the primary elections.
Deputy Minister of Transport and Communication, Andrew Langa currently
occupies Insiza, while five candidates, including the incumbent MP, Abednico
Ncube, will contest in Gwanda.
The other four are retired Major Abdul Nyathi, civic leader Rido Mpofu,
Nathaniel Abu-Basutu and Robson Mpofu.
Speaker of Parliament and Zanu PF legal affairs secretary Emmerson Mnangagwa
will fight it out in Kwekwe with his former lieutenant, Fredy Mabenge.
Mabenge was Mnangagwa's campaign manager during the 2000 elections, which he
lost to MDC's Blessing Chebundo.
Cabinet ministers also to be involved in the primaries include foreign
affairs minister Stan Mudenge (Masvingo North), who will battle it out with
retired major Kudzai Mbudzi, while industry and international trade minister
Samuel Mumbengegwi will fight it out with four challengers for the right to
represent Chivi North in the next parliament.
Mumbengegwi's deputy, Kenneth Manyonda, will contest with Elasto Mugwadi,
the chief immigration officer, and Kudakwashe Mutomba in Buhera North.
Chegutu MP and Minister of Policy Implementation in the President's office
will clash with deputy Speaker of Parliament, Edna Madzongwe, after the
electorate rebuffed her in the recently created Manyame constituency.
Efforts by Shamu to withdraw his candidature to make way for Madzongwe were
also met with resistance by his supporters, forcing him to stand in the
Minister of Health and Child Welfare, David Parirenyatwa will battle with
incumbent, Victor Chitongo for Murehwa North, where a war of words has
already erupted between the two.
Public service, labour and social welfare minister Paul Mangwana will
contest with former Zupco boss, Bright Matonga and Jacob Nhodza for Kadoma
In Shurugwi, environment and tourism minister Francis Nhema will lock horns
with Frank Mbengo.
Among the top government officials elected unopposed are deputy finance
minister, David Chapfika (Mutoko North), defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi
(Marondera East), youth minister, Ambrose Mutinhiri (Marondera West), home
affairs minister, Kembo Mohadi (Beitbridge), transport and communications
minister, Christopher Mushohwe (Mutare West) and anti-corruption and
anti-monopolies minister and Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus
Mutasa (Makoni North).
Indigenisation minister Josiah Tungamirai (Gutu North), deputy minister of
youth Shuvai Mahofa (Gutu South), security minister Nicholas Goche (Shamva),
higher and tertiary education minister Herbert Murerwa (Goromonzi),
Matabeleland North governor, Obert Mpofu (Umguza) will also stand unopposed.
Nine candidates, the highest number of contestants in one seat so far, will
contest for Chiredzi North.
Announcing the list of the candidates for the primaries to be held in the 61
constituencies in the party's 10 provinces, Manyika said the party was still
going through the list of nominees for Tsholotsho, Gwanda, Insiza and the
whole of Bulawayo province.
Primaries in Chinhoyi and Makonde were later postponed to Thursday after the
party's national elections directorate recommended that both seats be
declared open to men and women.
Initially, Chinhoyi had been reserved for women during provincial
nominations, only for the Mashonaland West central committee members to
reverse the decision and award Makonde to women after Chinhoyi was deemed
"unsafe" for women due to the influence of the MDC.
Priscilla Mupfumira, Betty Biri, Angela Shamu and Virginia Katyamaenza had
been approved to battle for Makonde before the recent about turn, while
Kenneth Seremani, Leo Mugabe, Douglas Mombeshora and Faber Chidarikire were
all vying for Chinhoyi.
Manyika could not be reached later, concerning the latest developments in
Mashonaland West, but Mugabe confirmed notification of the change of dates
for the primaries.
A total 59 candidates were elected unanimously in all the party's provinces,
with Mashonaland East to conduct primaries in only three of its 12
Midlands, Mashonaland West and Harare provinces will have elections in nine
of their respective constituencies.
The Tsholotsho seat was reserved for women after front-runner, information
and publicity minister Jonathan Moyo, was muscled out of the race for
allegedly convening an illegal meeting there, against Zanu PF's agreed
"We will be going to Tsholotsho today (yesterday) to look at the potential
women candidates there. Thsolotsho is still for women; we have not reversed
our decision. Gwanda and Insiza are still under consideration, including
Bulawayo province," Manyika said.
War veterans leader, Joseph Chinotimba, whose supporters have been camping
at the party national headquarters in Harare protesting his exclusion from
the list of nominees by the Harare provincial executive, was also ditched
because of his disciplinary case currently before party national chairman
John Nkomo.
Manyika reiterated that aspirants facing disciplinary measures in the party
or with pending criminal cases before the courts would not be allowed to
stand for the party.
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From The Herald, 15 January

Zanu PF primaries: List out

By Tandayi Motsi and Natasha Gore

A total of 177 aspiring Zanu PF candidates go into battle today in primary
elections in 59 constituencies to select those who will represent the ruling
party in the March parliamentary poll. Zanu PF national political commissar
and chairman of the party's National Elections Directorate Cde Elliot
Manyika yesterday announced the full list of aspiring candidates as well as
those who were selected unopposed in 51 constituencies. Chiredzi North
constituency in Masvingo Province has the highest number of contestants with
nine aspirants going into the ring. Cde Manyika told a news conference that
primary elections in the seven constituencies in Bulawayo Province,
Tsholotsho, Insiza and Gwanda had been put on hold as consultations
regarding the candidates continued. "I will soon be going to these
constituencies together with National chairman Cde Nkomo to resolve
outstanding issues and the primaries might be held mid-next week. As for
Tsholotsho, it has been reserved for women aspiring candidates," he said.

Cde Manyika said the directorate had received more than 1 000 curriculum
vitaes from aspiring candidates which were vetted before coming up with the
best candidates. Some of the CVs were channelled through the provincial
co-ordinating committees while those from disgruntled aspirants, who had
been disqualified for various reasons, were sent directly to the
directorate. "Those who have been disqualified include people facing
disciplinary cases while some have cases related to corruption and
espionage. The party cannot take chances by fielding aspiring candidates who
have some cases to answer either in the party or have breached the
(Zimbabwe) Constitution," Cde Manyika said. He said the Politburo meeting on
Thursday considered all CVs and appeals by the aspiring candidates before
coming up with the final list. Appeals by some aspirants, which were thrown
out included those lodged by war veterans' leader Cde Joseph Chinotimba
(Glen Norah), former Member of Parliament Cde Tony Gara (Mbare) and
incumbent Makonde legislator Cde Kindness Paradza. An appeal by the Minister
of State for Information and Publicity in the President's Office, Professor
Jonathan Moyo, was also thrown out. Prof Moyo was eyeing the Tsholotsho

In Chinhoyi, four aspiring candidates - Cde Leo Mugabe, civil servant Cde
Douglas Mombeshora, former Chinhoyi mayor Cde Faber Chidarikire and Central
Committee member Cde Artwell Seremani - would be locking horns. Philip
Chiyangwa, who is currently in remand prison awaiting trial on charges of
contravening the Official Secrets Act, is the sitting MP for Chinhoyi and
has been disqualified from the race. In Chegutu, there would be a battle of
the titans as the incumbent MP Cde Webster Shamu will fight it out with
Politburo member and Deputy Speaker of Parliament Cde Edina Madzongwe.
Speaker of Parliament Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa will be vying for the Kwekwe
Central seat along with former Midlands provincial executive member Cde
Fredy Mabenge. Incumbent MP for Marondera West Cde Ambrose Mutinhiri was
nominated unopposed for the seat after his former wife, Tracy Mutinhiri,
withdrew from the race. In Murehwa North sitting MP Cde Victor Chitongo is
being challenged by Health and Child Welfare Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa.

Cde Manyika said the Press was partly to blame for causing confusion in
relation to the aspiring candidates as initially the media had published
names of some aspirants while leaving out others. This had resulted in some
aspiring candidates panicking in the belief that they had been left out
thereby rushing to the party's headquarters to ascertain the actual
situation. Cde Manyika blasted some aspirants who had tried to buy their way
into the primaries using "huge sums of money" saying the ruling party
deplored such unethical conduct. "Some aspiring candidates were paying huge
sums of money to their supporters trying to commercialise Zanu PF but (they
should know that) people lost their lives during the liberation struggle and
we don't accept people who want to buy their way into the party. "The party
wants members who are patriotic not somebody who brings money. We cannot run
the party like that because what guarantee do we have that they are
committed to the people? I do not know from where they got that money they
have been dishing out," he said.

The ruling party, Cde Manyika said, had taken positive steps by reserving
one-third of the 120 constituencies for aspiring women candidates. This was
out of a realisation that it was now time the role of women as partners in
national development was recognised. Cde Manyika said there was need for
unity in the party and the historic 1987 Unity Accord should always prevail
above selfish interests. He said disqualified candidates who were tempted to
stand as independents in the March parliamentary polls would have "expelled
themselves from the party". Commenting on allegations that Zanu PF
supporters in Glen Norah wanted disqualified war veterans leader Cde Joseph
Chinotimba to stand for the seat failing which they would not vote in the
parliamentary polls, Cde Manyika said every faithful member should respect
the position taken by the party. "Chinotimba is not Zanu PF although he is a
member and this must be understood. He has a case to answer with the
National Disciplinary Committee and the party is supreme. We have a
disciplinary code of conduct that should be followed," he said.

Cde Manyika reiterated that the primary elections and the forthcoming
parliamentary polls should be held in a peaceful manner. The ruling party
had put all logistics in place to ensure the smooth running of the
primaries. Cde Chinotimba yesterday said he had accepted the decision by the
Politburo to reserve the Glen Norah seat for women. In a statement, Cde
Chinotimba said he respected the Politburo's decision and wanted the ruling
party to achieve a clean sweep in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
"I welcome the decision made by the supreme body of our party for me not to
stand as a candidate in Glen Norah. That is the final result I was waiting
for and I totally welcome and accept it as it is," he said. Cde Chinotimba
said although he might be hurt because he had been campaigning in the
constituency before the decision of the Politburo, he accepted that the
party's supreme policy-making body had the final say. He would therefore not
oppose it. "I plead with the people of Glen Norah to accept this result and
choose freely the candidate they want in the primary elections. The election
should not give MDC a chance to win that constituency. Let's support Zanu PF
throughout. The party comes first before personal interests and I will be in
Glen Norah with the winning candidate and support her to the end," Cde
Chinotimba said. He also promised to update and furnish the candidate with
all the information regarding the work and projects he had initiated in Glen
Norah. "I am appealing to all comrades who were disqualified from standing
as candidates to put all their weight behind the Zanu PF candidates in their
constituencies," he said.
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